Come One, Come Everyone: Spotify Opens Its Door Allowing Artists To Upload Directly To The Streaming Platform For Free

Spotify has today launched a new feature which will enable independent artists to upload tracks to the service directly – without any requirement for a third-party aggregator or record label. The feature currently remains in invite-only beta mode – with a few hundred US artists being ushered in – but Spotify says that, in the future, it will “bring upload...

Rapper XXXTentacion Killed, Spotify Decides To Re-Adds Tracks To RapCavier Among Other Playlists

XXXTentacion was pronounced dead following a robbery and shooting in south Florida. As news of his death spread, Spotify, which just weeks before had banned the controversial 20 year old rapper from its official playlists after accusations of domestic violence, added two of his tracks to the top of the RapCaviar playlist, which has 9.7 million followers.     Spotify's "Most Necessary"...

Big Data Reveals At What Age We Stop Discovering New Music

"Musical paralysis". Who knew?" A new survey has revealed the age at which we stop discovering new music, and it’s bad news for anyone fast approaching the big three-oh. Research by streaming site Deezer reveals that there’s a very real phenomenon called ‘musical paralysis’ which occurs when music fans stop actively seeking out new tunes. The phenomenon reportedly begins when we...

Live From Jackson Hole Wyoming, It’s Kanye West

Love him or hate him, Kanye West is hours away from releasing his first new solo album since 2016’s The Life Of Pablo. Ahead of its Friday (June 1) release, West is holding a two-hour listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he’s been piecing the project together over the last several months. This marks the first time Jackson Hole, Wyoming has embarked on such...

Coming To America: Facial Recognition Software Used At Concerts

As people continue to feed more and more of their interior selves — our likes, dislikes, wants, needs, social cartographies — into digital networks that harvest and parse that information into profiles used to make money, a new frontier of monitoring that hones in on our physical features is ascendant. In Jiaxing, China, on Sunday evening, a man — one...

Sounds Like Spotify: Jay-Z’s Tidal Music Service Is Reportedly Months Late With Royalty Payments

Jay-Z’s Tidal streaming music service was set up to make sure sure artists benefitted from the next big shift in music distribution. However, according to a new report it may have defaulted on that mission — since it’s now months behind on payments to labels. Specifically, the Apple Music rival is supposedly lagging when it comes to paying three international...

Enter YouTube’s New Streaming Music Service

YouTube is launching a music streaming service, offering both videos and audio tracks, in an attempt to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube Music will combine millions of "official" tracks with the vast catalogue of rarities and remixes uploaded by YouTube's users. Like Spotify, it will offer a free, ad-funded app, alongside premium subscriptions costing $9.99 per...

Wow: Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’ Passes 85.3M YouTube Views In 1st Week

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino’s “This is America” is dominating YouTube and the cultural conversation with 85.3 million views in its first week on YouTube. It's the biggest first week debut of any video in 2018 and the #1 on the YouTube Songs chart in 11 countries.  “This is America” has sparked online debate and essays analyzing the meaning of every frame. Stats...

Spotify Is Set To Do Battle In India…But Are They Truly Prepared?

Home to 1.3 billion people and the world’s second-largest smartphone market, India is only just getting into the swing of online music. Music streaming giants such as Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music loom over India’s streaming war, but Indian startups are still in the fight. Here’s the scene Spotify is about to enter. Article By  Centaine Lim

Here The Nominees For The 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Who will follow in the footsteps of Drake, who dominated the competition at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards? It's time to find out. The annual show, which honors the year's top-selling artists, announced its crop of 2018 nominees Thursday (April 17), and it looks like it's gonna be a tight race between Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar for top honors. Twelve-time Billboard Music Awards winner and...